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Ex-DRU leader Habib dies in road accident

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  • 20 January, 2022 12:00 AM
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Ex-DRU leader Habib dies in road accident
Habibur Rahman

Habibur Rahman, former organising secretary of Dhaka Reporters Unity (DRU), died in a motorcycle accident at Hatirjheel in the capital early on Wednesday.

He was critically injured in the accident that took place at 2:30 am on the day. He was rushed to Dhaka Medical College Hospital, but on-duty doctors declared him dead.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina expressed deep shock and sorrow at the death of Habib, a senior reporter of Somoyer Alo, a Bangla daily in the country.

The premier prayed for the eternal peace of departed soul and conveyed deep sympathy to the bereaved family.

Veteran politician and member of Awami League Advisory Council Amir Hossain Amu, Information and Broadcasting Minister Dr Hasan Mahmud, State Minister for Shipping Khalid Mahmud Chowdhury and different organisations, including DRU and Crime Reporters Association of Bangladesh (CRAB), expressed deep shock at the death of Habib.

Masud Khalifa, sub-inspector of Hatirjheel Police Station, told the Daily Sun that the accident took place near Hatirjheel Ahsanul Ulum Madrasa and Orphanage at North Begunbari at about 2:35am.  He said, “We guess Habib lost control of his motorbike and hit a sidewalk in Madhubagh area, resulting in his fatal injury.”

Eyewitness Mohammad Russell took him to Dhaka Medical College Hospital where he succumbed to his injuries, he said.

Inspector Bachuchu Mia, in-charge of DMCH Police Outpost, told the Daily Sun that he was taken to the hospital around 3:00am and the doctors on duty declared him dead.

When contacted, Abdur Rashid, officer-in-charge (OC) of the police station, told the Daily Sun that they were primarily assuming that he died after losing control over his bike.

“We are trying to collect CCTV footages on the incident. If we get it, we can confirm whether he lost control or any vehicle hit him or anything else,” he said.

“I was about 100 yards away from accident spot. Suddenly, I heard a loud sound from back and looked at that point. And I found a motorcyclist was falling on the footpath. I rushed to him and some others from a mosque came to him too,” eyewitness Russell told the Daily Sun.

In response to a question whether he saw any vehicle that hit his motorbike and ran away, he replied in the negative.

The first Namaz-e-Janaza of the deceased was held on the premises of the DRU at Segunbagicha while the second on the Dhaka University campus and the third in front of his workplace, Somoyer Alo, at Bangla Motor. 

Awami League joint general secretaries Mahbubul Alam Hanif, MP, and AFM Bahauddin Nasim and senior leaders of the AL, senior journalists, DU teachers and others participated at his Namaz-e-Janaza. After the rituals, his body was taken to his native village in Cumilla.

Habib, 34, son of Mohammad Piar Mia of Manura village at Shashidal union under Brahmanpara upazila of Cumilla.

He was living with his wife and a child at 5/A, Jahura Manjil at Madhubagh of Hatirjheel in the capital.

He did his Master in Mass Communication and Journalism at Dhaka University in 2013. He used to cover political beat.